So what do you guys do with your drip pans? I have a red electric ECB and so far it works just great. (I can see I'll want to "graduate" at some point, but for now it works just fine!) One issue I have is that the drip pan tends to get really nasty. I normally fill it up with water, and by the time I'm done smoking a pork butt or something all the drippings have gone into it and turned it into some kind of sludge. Also, one time when smoking my first ribs I had a bigger problem where some of the sugary rub had run down into it, and burnt into this nasty, smoking black stuff. :)
The real problem, though, is that it's REALLY hard to clean after. How do you guys clean yours? Or is it necessary to clean it every time?